Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
Gabriela is a theater and film writer, director, researcher, and a third-year PhD student in interdisciplinary theatre studies at UW–Madison. In her creative and scholarly work, Gabriela has explored topics of gender, memory, and traditional performance. Her latest theater play, “The Therapist,” an exploration of the effects of structural and gendered violence on women in post-war Peru, won the 2017 Sala de Parto Playwriting Award and the 2020 Luces Award for Best Peruvian Playwright. Gabriela is currently researching the Andean drama and performance from a gendered and decolonial perspective.
Civil Society and Community Studies
Garret is a PhD student in the School of Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research. His research focuses on how rural community-based organizations can use knowledge production and partnerships with colleges and universities to create social change and self-determination. His teaching and research interests led him to engage with the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and the American Indian Studies Program.
Environment and Resources
Luyi Zeng is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute’s environment and resources program. She earned an MS in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. She obtained a bachelor’s degree of economics and a bachelor’s degree of arts in China. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing board games with friends.
International Development Studies
Matthew J. Zinsli is a PhD candidate in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and the International Development Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research explores place-based food networks, rural development, and scientific discourses, expertise, and practices in international development projects.